Research Profile: Stephen Burns
Stephen is Coordinator of Ministry Studies at Pilgrim Theological College, where he accompanies the candidates for public ministries of the church, and he teaches across worship, ministry and other units. He is Professor of Liturgical and Practical Theology in the University of Divinity, and he convenes the research work of the Australian Collaborators in Feminist Theologies. A British-Australian citizen, Stephen studied theology at the universities of Durham (BA, hons; MA; PhD) and Cambridge (MLitt). He is a presbyter in the Church of England and has taught in ecumenical seminaries in the UK (The Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education, Birmingham, where he is International Research Consultant; Cranmer Hall and the Wesley Study Centre, Durham) as well as in the USA (Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge) and Australia (United Theological College, Sydney).
Stephen’s teaching at Pilgrim in 2021 is Mary: Feminist Theological Revisions, Liturgy Lab., and Spiritual Formation in the Christian Tradition.
Stephen’s publications include:
- Grace is Not Faceless: Reflections on Mary (Ann Loades; ed. Stephen Burns; London: DLT, 2021)
- Grace and Glory in One Another’s Faces: Preaching and Worship (Ann Loades; ed. Stephen Burns: Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2020)
- Twentieth Century Anglican Theologians: From Evelyn Underhill to Esther Mombo (coedited with Bryan Cones and James Tengatenga; Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley, 2020)
- When We Pray: The Future of Common Prayer (coedited with Robert Gribben; Melbourne: Coventry Press, 2020)
- Fully Conscious, Fully Active: Essays in Honor of Gabe Huck (coedited with Bryan Cones; Chicago, Ill.: LTP, 2019)
- Liturgy With a Difference: Beyond Inclusion in the Liturgical Assembly (coedited with Bryan Cones; London: SCM Press, 2019)
- Liturgy (SCM Studyguide) (London: SCM Press, second edition, 2018)
- Postcolonial Practice of Ministry: Leadership, Liturgy, and Interfaith Engagement (coedited with Kwok Pui-lan; Lanham, Md.: Lexington, 2016)
- Pastoral Theology for Public Ministry (New York, N.Y.: Seabury, 2015)
- Public Theology and the Challenge of Feminism (coedited with Anita Monro; London: Routledge, 2015)
- Liturgical Spirituality: Anglican Reflections on the Church’s Prayer (editor; New York, N.Y.: Seabury, 2013)
- Home and Away: Contextual Theology and Local Practice (coedited with Clive Pearson; Eugene, Ore.: Pickwick, 2013)
- Worship and Ministry: Shaped Towards God (Melbourne: Mosaic, 2012)
- Pilgrim People: An Invitation to Worship in the Uniting Church (Adelaide: MediaCom, 2012)
- The Art of Tentmaking: Making Space for Worship (editor; Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2012)
- Christian Worship: Postcolonial Perspectives (coauthored with Michael N. Jagessar; Sheffield: Equinox, 2011 [London: Routledge, 2014])
- Presiding Like a Woman (coedited with Nicola Slee; London: SPCK, 2010)
- Christian Worship in Australia (coedited with Anita Monro; Strathfield: St. Pauls, 2009)
- The Edge of God: New Liturgical Texts and Contexts in Conversation (coedited with Nicola Slee and Michael N. Jagessar; Peterborough: Epworth Press, 2008)
- Exchanges of Grace: Essays in Honour of Ann Loades (London: SCM Press, 2008)
- Worship in Context (Peterborough: Epworth Press, 2006)
Forthcoming publications include
- Anglican Theology: A Postcolonial Pastiche (coedited with James Tengatenga; Alameda, Cal.: Borderless Press);
- Conversations About Divine Mystery: Engagements with the Work of Gail Ramshaw (coedited with HyeRan Kim-Cragg; Minneapolis, Minn.: Fortress Academic Press);
- Doing Liturgical Theology: Method and Context (coedited with Jason McFarland; Leuven: Peeters)
- Explorations in Twentieth Century Theology and Philosophy: People Preoccupied with God (Ann Loades; ed. Stephen Burns; London: Anthem Press);
- Feminist Theologies: Interstices and Fractures (coedited with Rebekah Pryor; Minneapolis, Minn.: Fortress Academic Press);
- The SCM Companion to Feminist Theologies (coedited with Katharine Massam; London: SCM Press).
Stephen’s research areas centre on liturgical theology, feminist and postcolonial theologies.
Stephen is open to enquires about postgraduate research in liturgical, feminist, postcolonial, modern Anglican and ecumenical theologies.